Guido Schäfer

Full Name
Prof.dr. G. Schäfer
Scientific Staff Member, Group leader
+31 20 592 4165
Networks and Optimization


Guido Schäfer pursued his PhD studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, and obtained his PhD in 2004. After that he was a postdoc at the Sapienza University of Rome (2004-2005) and a junior professor at the Technical University Berlin (2005-2008). He joined the Networks and Optimization (N&O) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica as a senior researcher in 2009. Since September 2016, he is the group leader of N&O. Since 2010, he is also a part-time professor at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


His core expertise is in the areas of combinatorial optimization and algorithmic game theory. A large part of his research is concerned with the development of efficient algorithms for optimization problems. Another part is about devising algorithmic means to reduce the inefficiency caused by selfish behavior in large distributed systems. His research is fundamental in nature but addresses several real-world aspects that are of practical relevance, such as lack of coordination, uncertainty of data and limitations of resources. Results of this research find their applications, for example, in logistics, transportation, traffic and network routing, scheduling and auctions.



  • Verbeteren van de efficiency en prestatie van logistieke processen in de binnevaart
  • SocialACT
    Societal Impact Games

Professional activities

  • professor
    Full professor Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - [VU] - Per 01-01-2010
  • professor
    Invited professor Universidad de Chile - Visiting Professor, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, University of Chile
  • principalInvestigator
    Project "Algorithmic Game Theory" - CWI Amsterdam
  • lecturer
    Lecturer of the Mastermath/LNMB Master Course on Discrete Optimization
  • grant
    NWO Free Competition grant Societal Impact Games, 2013-2018